140

Eliane Elias: The Three Americas

By

Sign in to view read count
that combine the best of her native music with the American straight-ahead jazz tradition, usually utilizing the standard acoustic piano trio format. Her previous CD, "Solos and Duets," found her improvising eloquently by herself and holding her own with piano legend Herbie Hancock.

This time, she has expanded her format, both in terms of performing with a larger ensemble and in terms of absorbing musical influences from throughout North, South, and Central America, as the CD title implies. For example, Gil Goldstein plays accordian on "Chorango," recalling a tango from Argentina, and flutist Dave Valentin lends his Puerto Rican heritage to several others. Oscar Castro-Neves guests on acoustic guitar on a pair of Antonio Carlos Jobim-Vinicius de Moraes tunes. All of the other tunes save one are Elias originals.

What makes this album a success is that Elias is able to combine these various influences into a remarkably cohesive whole. The program is consistently passionate and enjoyable.

| Record Label: Blue Note Records | Style: Contemporary/Smooth


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2016
Read "Whisper" CD/LP/Track Review Whisper
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door" CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Live in Japan" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Japan
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Christmastime in New Orleans" CD/LP/Track Review Christmastime in New Orleans
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Groovin'" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin'
by Jeff Winbush
Published: November 2, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!